The role and work of Governors

In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing boards, the three core strategic functions of Chesterton Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governance arrangements

The Governing Board meets every term for a formal pre-arranged meeting but the Governors will be in school much more often. They will also be attending committee meetings each half term and other ad hoc meetings called for a variety of reasons. Our Governors are hard working and committed to making Chesterton an outstanding school for your children and the community.

At our full Governing Board meetings, we receive and discuss reports from the Executive Headteacher and other members of the senior leadership team and from our various committees. We monitor the results of internal and external assessments of the children's progress and measure the impact of policies which we have adopted to help the school's work. 

We oversee and set the school’s financial budget and make sure that we spend wisely. We check to make sure we are receiving good value for the money we spend. We also make sure that the school’s provision complies with current equalities and safeguarding legislation and also that the children and staff have a safe and healthy place to work in. We work as strategic partners with the Chesterton staff to plan the school’s development whilst maintaining its core vision and ethos.

All Governors also sit on at least one of the three standing committees shown below.

Standards - considers important information about pupils' achievement and progress in order to ensure Chesterton provides high quality education and learning for its pupils. The committee has studied progress from different groups of pupils, to ensure that all Years, groups, and pupils are being taught well.

Experience - is responsible for community cohesion, general links with the wider school community and the Centre for Children and Families.

Businessoversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure its money is well spent. We also ensure the school is a safe place for learners and staff and a place that is conducive to good teaching and learning. 

Annual reports of our work

Please download our statement of governance here to see our work in the academic year 2015/2016.